Syrian ceasefire deal agreed
BEIRUT: Egypt’s state media and a representative of a Syrian rebel group are saying three Syrian opposition factions have reached a ceasefire deal for a southern part of Damascus that has been the scene of recent violence.
The state-run Mena news agency and Mohammed Alloush of the rebel group Jaysh al-Islam, or Army of Islam, said the deal had been reached under Egyptian and Russian auspices. Mena says the deal was signed in Cairo yesterday and went into effect at noon.
Alloush said the three parties to the deal were Army of Islam, Jaysh al-Ababil and Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis, which is linked to the Palestinian Hamas group.
The deal would also open humanitarian access and prevent displacing residents inside Syria.
Meanwhile, Syrian opposition activists say government troops are pushing deeper into an IS stronghold in the country’s east, the town of Mayadeen.